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Markkula Center for Applied Ethics


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Abstract Technology

Ethicists Were Hired to Save Tech’s Soul. Will Anyone Let Them?

The Ethics Center is featured in Protocol.

"The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics is one of the most prominent voices in tech's ethical awakening. On its website, it offers a compendium of materials on technology ethics, including a toolkit ("Tool 6: Think About the Terrible People"), a list of "best ethical practices" ("No. 2: Highlight the Human Lives and Interests behind the Technology"), and an app ("Ethics: There's an App for That!" reads a flier posted at the entrance).

"Every one of these tools is an attempt to operationalize the basic tenets of moral philosophy in a way that engineers can quickly understand and implement. But Don Heider, the Markkula center's executive director, is quick to acknowledge that it's an uphill fight. 'I'd say the rank-and-file is more open to it than the C-suite,' he says."

Don Heider, executive director, and Subramaniam Vincent, director of Journalism and Media Ethics, quoted in a Protocol article that features the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics.

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